Blitzing excites fans but carries big risk for Dogs

Justin Houston and company need to get to Stephen Garcia ... fast. (Associated Press)

Justin Houston and company need to get to Stephen Garcia ... fast. (Associated Press)

In a recent blog, Buck Belue strikes a sobering note amid all the talk about the Dogs’ new 3-4 defense being aggressive and heavy on the blitzing.

Remembering when Donnan’s Dogs went blitz-happy under the not-ready-for-prime-time Kevin Ramsey in 1999 and got burned on lots of big plays, Belue notes that NFL veteran Todd Grantham is no Kevin Ramsey and “surely his plan involves covering [wide receivers] downfield.”

Still, Belue says, “Spurrier is probably thinking this: Blitz us and we’ll have Garcia throw it out to 6′5″ Alshon Jeffrey, who’s working on 5′10 Brandon Boykin, 5′11″ Vance Cuff, or 5′10″ Branden Smith. Dog CBs might have tight coverage, but can they defend the jump ball? Just saying. Might want to get to the QB fast.”

A good point, and one that Mark Richt himself has made about the 3-4 defense. If you go after the quarterback and don’t get him, you put a lot more pressure on your secondary.

And while I really like the talent of the Dogs’ defensive backs and believe ultimately they’ll be a solid unit, they’re not terribly experienced and we still have the problem of those rather short cornerbacks that Willie Martinez loved to recruit. Questions about the defense are likely a big reason the Dogs don’t rank higher in the initial USA Today Unknown Aides Filling Out the Form for Coaches Poll.

As Belue notes, ace pass rusher Justin Houston “looks to be in for a big season in this system,” and the Dogs really need him to live up to those expectations, especially early on against Stephen Garcia and Ryan Mallett.

I’ve said it before: The in-progress renovation of the defense concerns me a heck of a lot more as the season begins than starting a redshirt freshman quarterback.

Your thoughts on Georgia’s defense, especially concerning the South Carolina and Arkansas games?

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guy

August 6th, 2010
11:32 am

see also: GT and Jon Tenuta

Amsterdam Sam

August 6th, 2010
11:38 am

Why, guy, why?

guy

August 6th, 2010
11:40 am

similar situation. super blitz heavy defense that comes up big sometimes, but can also get burned on big plays without a lockdown secondary. you live and die on the blitz, and GT frequently died, to the tune of 4-5 losses a year under Tenuta. maybe uga has the talent to make it work. time will tell.

uga_b

August 6th, 2010
11:42 am

The 3-4 is just a different formation where we have different blitzing options. While I do think it will be more aggressive, 3-4 play base packages all the time. This team has a secondary that has good cover skills and hopefully some big hitters. Blitzing plays to this strength, but will not even be employed a majority of the plays.

outkasted

August 6th, 2010
11:44 am

not concern about the D…. we got some athletic corners and safeties with speed that are young and hungry…. unlike bryan evans (always getting beat) and reshad jones(Slow) and prince miller (5′8)

LowCountryDawg07

August 6th, 2010
11:47 am

Unfortunatley, our DB’s have not been the best in the country with tight coverage.

BurningRedBleedingBlack

August 6th, 2010
11:48 am

We have other players who will emerge bil this year that we are not familair with to make huge plays, happens every year, I remember so many times going “wow whose that guy man he’s making some plays”
I know its kinda all new to all us dawg fans. We do have alot of young guys, however they are skilled and very atheletic and fast, washington, Robinson, hamilton, i think we just need that first game for the defense to gel together.

Riley Cooper

August 6th, 2010
11:49 am

Man, I wish I was back in the SEC.

LowCountryDawg07

August 6th, 2010
11:52 am

I swear our deep coverage looked like they had no idea where they were supposed to be last year, players uncovered, people behind them, let them catch it then tackle, etc.

PMC

August 6th, 2010
11:54 am

Buck needs to go check out Boykin’s vertical. Go ahead and throw that fade. Tall CB’s generally are less athletic and aren’t as fluid in thier hips (see Jimmy Williams) Boykin and Smith are world class. They can handle the position. Just let Lakatos do his thing.

Better Perspective

August 6th, 2010
11:55 am

Boykin… wasn’t a slam dunk king? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_dFEWYqEUk
They don’t when we’ll blitz… that’s their problem.

Better Perspective

August 6th, 2010
11:56 am

Boykin… wasn’t a slam dunk king? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_dFEWYqEUk
They don’t know when we’ll blitz… that’s their problem.

PMC

August 6th, 2010
11:56 am

The CB’s they have are excellent. WHat they have lacked is any shred of decency in the pass rush and lackluster outside linebacker play. (Garbage tackling)

Not to mention the secondary coaching was deplorable and counterintuitive.

PMC

August 6th, 2010
11:57 am

Boykin will just undercut like Terrell Buckley and take it away. (now that the coaches will be focusing on finding the ball rather than faceguarding anyway)

LowCountryDawg07

August 6th, 2010
11:57 am

PMC very true. We have great talent at Georgia, where is the breakdown? Coaching

Better Perspective

August 6th, 2010
11:57 am

Corn Wash is going to break out this year

PMC

August 6th, 2010
11:58 am

Martinez had them playing like Chris Houston.

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ca dawg

August 6th, 2010
11:58 am

i’d be more concerned if we hadn’t given up so many big plays last year. willie’s defense managed to give up the short and long stuff. how could we really be worse?

LowCountryDawg07

August 6th, 2010
11:59 am

We are constantly in the top ten recruting and have not played in a NC in many years. How do we always end up with Moreno, Stafford, Green, King, etc. these great top recruits that coaches like Spurrier, Saban, Meyer would kill for and can’t put together a national championship team?

LowCountryDawg07

August 6th, 2010
12:00 pm

I still will never get over Auburn game several years ago , letting them get behind us from thier own 5 or 10.

PMC

August 6th, 2010
12:01 pm

It’s not all about Blitzing either. It’s about bringing pressure. That’s not all out. It doesn’t mean you can’t roll coverage.

Georgia’s defensive philosophy the last several years was Back off 15 yards and let them take an entire quarter to score and or try for a big hit instead of wrapping up and dropping them. They wore out thier own defense with that garbage style. SO what if you give up a long TD. They have the firepower to score with anyone… the pathetic turnover ratio is directly correlated to the style of defense.

Kevin

August 6th, 2010
12:17 pm

I’m not a football coach or super familiar whith schemes but I can’t believe how many people (especially the people writing these articles) miss this IMPORTANT FACT. In a 4-3 there were always 4 people rushing (the down lineman). With a 3-4 there will be 3 people and a 4th will be a blitzing LB. Still only 4 people. There will not be 5 or 6 coming on every play, sometimes there will be a blitz of 5 or 6 but mostly the blitz will be the 4th person. The confusion for the QB is figuring out which person will be the fourth. Its not that hard to understand if you do a little research.

guy

August 6th, 2010
12:18 pm

yes kevin, but all indications out of athens also point towards a more aggressive, attacking style of D, including more blitzing. its not just the scheme.

LowCountryDawg07

August 6th, 2010
12:18 pm

Good post PMC

Grandad

August 6th, 2010
12:28 pm

I’m not a bit woried about the defense;
why?
Willie’s not coachin’ it.

robodawg

August 6th, 2010
12:30 pm

Valid concerns. Arkansas at least doesn’t seem to have the defense to keep up from grinding clock and keeping ball possession with our running game. But they could score enough that it won’t matter. We’ll see. S. Carolina concerns me more, b/c an Ellis Johnson defense might give them the ball too many times in good field position, and their experienced offense will know what to do with it. I’m afraid we’ll fall behind early and getting us back in will fall on Murray’s shoulders.

Old Dawg

August 6th, 2010
12:31 pm

Kevin’s right. The basic scheme of the 3-4 is to confuse the QB into making mistakes, especially in the short passing game where tight ends and running backs come into play.

A wrong read by either one equals an INT or incomplete pass. There will be times when all 4 LBs come but not as often as many think. Also, with the 3-4, it’s a better set to have half man/half zone coverages, or underneath zone and over man, or the exact opposite. Even for experienced QBs, the defense can be totally confusing and frustrating.

It will take time for Grantham to teach all of this to his defenders and to get the right players, just like it was for Saban at Alabama and others.

I’m frustrated that UGA will be playing against two of the best QBs in the conference early in the season. If UGA had more time to get the system fully in place, then I’d feel better about hounding the QBs from South Carolina and Arkansas.

David Green Sells Avon Products

August 6th, 2010
12:32 pm

Mine eyes have seen the glory
Of the N.C. Double-A
They’re investigating G.A. players
To see how much they’re paid

After counting all the cars
And the loans Alumni made,
They out pay the NBA.

RabidDawgFan

August 6th, 2010
12:32 pm

I’m not worried about the defense. Didn’t Coach Lakatos coach the secondary of Connecticut that shut down South Carolina in their pizza bowl game? Yeah I thought so. No worries here.

RabidDawgFan

August 6th, 2010
12:33 pm

Anyways I’m more worried about our run defense than our pass defense to be honest with you. I hope DeAngelo Tyson can hold the point of attack and take on two blockers or we may be in for a long season.

Willie Wonka Dawg

August 6th, 2010
12:38 pm

Mark Richt simpy needs to quit recruiting midgets on both sides of the ball.

76-Dawg

August 6th, 2010
12:49 pm

I didn’t follow Garcia that much but if you blitz Mallet he will make a lot of mistakes or get sacked. Uga can beat Arkansas if you keep the pressure on Mallet.

TallyDawg

August 6th, 2010
12:54 pm

Spot on Rabid. If the nose man gets whipped up on, the run game will be a concern. It’s been so frustrating for so many years watching such defensive talent be so poorly coached. All we can do is watch and wait…and make more nerd jokes at the bugs.

jawga boy

August 6th, 2010
12:56 pm

Garcia won’t be able to get Jeffrey the ball …..when his face is in the dirt.

SSIgator

August 6th, 2010
12:58 pm

“Blitzing excites fans but carries big risk for Dogs”

Yeah, UGA might want to check in with Germany. It did not work out too well for them either at the end of WWII.

Scott W.

August 6th, 2010
12:59 pm

Also when worn out with the15 yards off mentality you ended up giving away the long ball you were trying to stop in the first place.

NEWNANDAWG

August 6th, 2010
1:11 pm

anyone heard any news on how Alec Ogletree is performing so far?

dawg39

August 6th, 2010
1:22 pm

We have the same DBs whether we are in a 3-4 or 4-3. Either they can or they can’t. I think they can . They practice against A.J. I think the 3-4 is the way to go. GATA.

Just a fan

August 6th, 2010
1:23 pm

As long as we get to the QB or force him to hurry his throw we will be OK, we will need someone other than Justin Houston to step up though great player but cant just rely on him

uga_b

August 6th, 2010
1:24 pm

SSIgator, football doesn’t have offenses on both sides of the field with the defense in the middle. Perhaps you should bone up on some Mongolian history too.

destin dawg

August 6th, 2010
1:27 pm

we’ve got to be MUCH improved with basics like wrapping up on tackles.. hard hits not just shoulder .. No late hit penalties !! keep pressure on Mallet and Garcia !! Go Dawgs !! can’t wait !!

Gamec0ck envy

August 6th, 2010
1:33 pm

Dogs will get torched and scorched in Columbia on 9 -11. Garcia will make the Kevin Ramsey II defense look silly. Get out the Rolaids mutt fans !

Dalton Dawg

August 6th, 2010
1:34 pm

The G-FENSE will be fine !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SEARCHIIIIINNNNNN,SEEK AND DESTROY !!!!!!!!!!!!

Yellow Stripe

August 6th, 2010
1:34 pm

you can’t out TALK us techies… we’re stuck here in downtown Atl.. nothing to do .. locked inside on the computer…no women.. scared to come out at night.. muggers.. sirens all night…. I HATE you folks over in wonderful Athens.. It’s just NOT FAIR !!

DawginLex

August 6th, 2010
1:36 pm

Spurrier made a living while playing and then while coaching of recognizing the blitz and throwing into the spot where the blitz came from. This is why there is so much concern. Also, it should be remembered that this is not Grantham’s first rodeo.

My guess is that we will be multiple in our looks and blitz packages and try and disguise them as much as possible. Garcia has never impressed me as someone who has learned how to read coverages and throw to the 2nd or 3rd receiver. With no running game established, we will blitz all day. Their OL was horrid last year and Garcia made it worse.

Mallett has a good teacher in the scumbag Petrino. He too will throw into the area where the blitzer came from.

In both cases, we must disguise the coverages as much as possible. The frustrating thing about WM was we never adjusted to the success of the opponent.

Grantham has a lot on his shoulders and the kids have a lot to learn.

UGA Recruiting

August 6th, 2010
1:46 pm

While the Dogs have consistently outrecruited most of their SEC brethren in the Richt era, we have not gotten the number of 5 star, gamechangers that Florida and LSU, and lately Bama have gotten. It looks like that may change this year, and even the talent playing field. That, plus some deficiencies on the defensive coaching side, has had the Dogs lagging since 2005. Nobody has out-talented Florida most of the Meyer era, and it is hard to outcoach him. Bama has had a couple of #1 or #2 recruiting classes under Saban, and it is hard to outcoach him.

Scott W.

August 6th, 2010
1:46 pm

Hopefully the NFL type practices will take care of that.

dawgs01

August 6th, 2010
1:47 pm

How tall do you want your conerbacks 6′4″. CB are always shorter and usually the most athletic person on the field. Boykin has a 42″ vertical. How good does a person that is 6′4″ backpedal i will answer not very good and you have to have fluid hips something tall people usually dont have. I keep reading about our short corners go look on other rosters they are all the same size every now and then you get a 6′1″ guy. It is not their ht. that was causing them to get beat last yr. it was the coaching and inexperience.

guy

August 6th, 2010
1:53 pm

tell us more about these fluid hips, dawgs01.

UGADawg16

August 6th, 2010
1:54 pm

More aggressive?

Is it possible to be less aggressive than Willie “Bend until you break” Martinez?

Danny Ford

August 6th, 2010
1:57 pm

Dawgs01 Them corners need to be a itty bit taller than 5′8″ and 5′9″ like they were last year.

Les Miles Clock Management Team

August 6th, 2010
1:57 pm

Well, I guess you can either go down swinging and risk getting burned by the big play or you can jus roll over and die the Willie Martinez way and watch other team march up and down the field against you.

Dorsey Hill

August 6th, 2010
2:01 pm

This is a very valid concern. I remember Will Muschamp bring his LSU defense into Sanford and getting torched because he refused to play anything but man. I think its safe to say that LSU’s corners were probably better than ours, but Gibson, Brown and Greene were pretty good too.

The two big concerns I have are: 1) Its one thing to frustrate a mediocre QB, its quite another to frustrate a good, experienced QB. Yes, the Jets can distrupt Peyton Manning, but we’ve got a ways to go to be that good on D. So do we feast on the worst of our schedule and then struggle against the good qb’s?

2) I really worry about teams that can run it up the gut. Our NT’s are unproven and our ILB’s are smallish in a system where they are required to defeat blocks. Fortunately we don’t play too many teams that fit that mold.

Also, I would be willing to bet that we see a lot of defensive sets with 3 safeties out there. With Nick Williams in the defensive backfield, I think we’ll see him in run support and coming off the edge a lot especially in 2nd and 3rd downs and distance.

Hopefully the run game will limit the number of plays the D has to play and our kicking game will protect the D as well. If we can do that we can play a lot of Cover 3 and Cover 2 shells, limit the big plays and create havoc underneath.

Bill King is a ..................

August 6th, 2010
2:02 pm

My thoughts are we will be fine on defense with a short learning curve. Also, i’m thinking Belue is still an annoying, nasal sounding hot airbag who should be thanking Herschel every morning he wakes up for the career he has now.

RxDawg

August 6th, 2010
2:04 pm

I bet we hardly even notice the change in schemeing.

We might see more 5-6 man rushing going on, but I bet it wont stand out every play.

I’m not going to defend Willie, he had lot’s of time to get things right, but I think our previous defensive woes had more to do with some of the players on the team than it did the coaching staff. After all, look up our defensive stats and rankings from 07.

Now, after all of that, I am glad some change was brought in to help the defense, and I think we will perform better this year. We kind of have to dont we?

TheTaxJacket

August 6th, 2010
2:10 pm

Coaches know best!!!

(((( 17 – 21 ))))

Glory glory to the Jackets, their truth is marching on!!!!

I will not be the next head coach at Alabama. I am the head coach of the Miami Dolphins

August 6th, 2010
2:12 pm

The defensive concerns me more that our new QB. With a very experienced OLine and lots of talent at every skill position, I could QB UGA a score.

No question we have talent on defense. The issue is do we have the right mix of personnel to fit the schemes of the 3-4. BTW, I saw on ESPN that several D1 schools are converting to the 3-4 this year. Can’t remember what teams, though.

Should be a great year.

I-DOG

August 6th, 2010
2:18 pm

CA Dawg has it exactly right. We gave up a ton of points, a ton of yards and lots of big plays last year, we also blitzed a lot so how much worse can it be?. Martinez was heard in the Arkansas game telling his players “that’s all they have!” after another 50 yard bomb went for a td. I’m sure the players were thinking… what else do they need? Tell us how to stop it! Nowhere to go but up.

A 4-3 defense doesn’t HAVE To blitz more than a 3-4, but we know Grantham wants to bring some heat. I expect to give up some big plays, but I also expect us to disguise when and where the blitz is coming from better,tackle better,create more turnovers, and make fewer dumb penalties that continue opponents drives.

We should be able to get more pressure on the qb with just bringing 4 because the opponent doesn’t know where the 4th guy is coming from, which of the 4 linebackers is coming? let Spurrier have Garcia throw a low percentage pass when we do bring 5 or 6 and I’ll take my chances.

#1 BAMA FAN

August 6th, 2010
2:25 pm

The 3-4 allows you to blitz when the offense goes unbalanced, but you don’t have to. It allows you to align your defense after the offense sets. You do need good athletes and linebackers that can make the correct call. The DAWGS will be better with the 3-4. BAMA played ARK-SC-FL the last few years, it worked pretty well. RTR

Bugtussel

August 6th, 2010
2:43 pm

by the 3rd game of the season we’ll be hearing “Bring back Willie!!”

sogadog

August 6th, 2010
3:01 pm

Todd Grantham is light years ahead of Kevin Ramsey and you cannot possibly draw similarities between the two. The 3-4 works pretty well for Alabama.

shane#1

August 6th, 2010
3:06 pm

UGA Cds are learning to use leverage and jam WRs at the line under the new system. It seems to make sense to me. If a CB is rather short wouldn’t it be better to get a good jam at the line and throw the timing of the play off than try to out jump a WR that is six inches taller than he 30 yds downfield? I am more concerned about the lack of experence in the middle of the line than I am giving up a few big plays. Man, Garcia had plenty of big plays last season against Willie’s zone.

RambleOn84

August 6th, 2010
3:08 pm

The 3-4 is designed as a blitzing defense. At least one linebacker will be blitzing on nearly every play out of the base formation, which leaves just as many men in coverage as in a 4-3 (4 men rush, 7 men in coverage). The key is to mix up the coverages and blitzes so the QB and OL never know who is coming and who is dropping back into coverage.

The key is if your D-line is big enough to keep the O-linemen from blocking on the second level. UGA has plenty of size along the line, so they should be just fine.

The 3-4 is becoming more and more popular for a reason, and I predict UGA’s defense will improve this year.

But again, I have to emphasize that the scheme alone will not make things much better. The guy calling the plays needs to be smart enough to recognize the weaknesses and trends of the offense.

Is Grantham that guy? We’ll find out this year.

Good luck to the Bulldogs, in all games but one.

Vince Lombardi

August 6th, 2010
3:09 pm

How is all this blitzing gonna help in defending Tech’s spread option where you have to stay at home and play assignment football? If Tech can break the line of scrimmage it’ll be a sure touchdown.

There are so many Green Bay Packers fans down here in Georgia. I see our oval “G” everywhere.

Go Packers!!!!

Tech is better than You

August 6th, 2010
3:10 pm

How does it feel knowing that every Tech grad right out of college makes more than every single one of you posting in this room?? You’re players are athletic enough, but not smart enough to run the schemes and won’t be effective. Get back to flipping the burgers!

RambleOn84

August 6th, 2010
3:11 pm

And you are not smart enough to know the difference between “you’re” and “your.”

RambleOn84

August 6th, 2010
3:12 pm

The trolling by both fanbases is just obnoxious.

Will

August 6th, 2010
3:13 pm

If memory serves me correctly we(UGA) gave up tons of big plays and were scorched several times during the past two seasons. So if we give up some big plays this year it will be nothing new. but at least we have a better group of coaches who know what they are doing and can build and get better for future seasons. So the hell with it, let’s get aggressive like UCONN did & keep Garcia on his back….. he will make mistakes.

Tech is better than You

August 6th, 2010
3:13 pm

Bradley G

August 6th, 2010
3:18 pm

This is not rocket science, boys. We didn’t blitz while having “experienced” DBs last year and got beat on a lot of big plays. If DBs are a weakness of the defense, one of the schemes a smart DC will do to keep the ball away from getting into the secondary is by…wait for it…blitzing the QB. Houston and Washington….GATA!!!

tony

August 6th, 2010
3:19 pm

Grantham spent six seasons at his alma mater, Virginia Tech, the final two as defensive line coach. In 1995, the Hokies ranked first nationally in rushing defense, fifth in scoring defense and 10th in total defense. Virginia Tech racked up 50 sacks en route to the Big East title and a Sugar Bowl triumph over Texas. Grantham coached defensive ends and inside linebackers from 1990–91 and defensive tackles from 1992-93.

Michigan State (1996-1998)
Grantham then served three seasons as the defensive line coach at Michigan State. He added the title of assistant head coach in his final season in East Lansing in 1998. Michigan State ranked 19th in total defense in 1996 and 13th in 1997, making consecutive bowl trips.

[edit] Indianapolis Colts (1999-2001)
Grantham was hired by Jim Mora in 1998 to coach the Defensive Line. His D-Line was one of the catalysts of the biggest turnaround in league history (3-13 to 13-3), ultimately helping the Colts defense compile 56 sacks in two years which was a club record since moving to Indianapolis. During his tenure in Indianapolis, the Colts had a 29-19 record.

[edit] Houston Texans (2002-2004)
After Jim Mora was relieved of his duties in Indianapolis, Grantham would move on to the newly formed Houston Texans, joining the staff of former Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Coordinator and Inaugural Carolina Panthers head coach Dom Capers. Grantham would be given lots of talent to work with from the start, as the Texans acquired Pro Bowl Defensive End Gary Walker and Nose Tackle Seth Payne from the Jacksonville Jaguars in the expansion draft.

In 2002, his influence was evident on the line as starters Gary Walker, Seth Payne, and Jerry Deloach all posted career high’s in tackles. Gary Walker would also earn his second Pro Bowl appearance under his tutelage that season.

2003 would be a testing year for the line, as Pro Bowler Gary Walker and Seth Payne would only play in a combined six games that year due to injury. However, Jerry Deloach and Steve Martin would fill in with great success, posting a combined 201 tackles. Despite the very poor 5-11 record, there was optimism for the future of the steadily improving defense.

2004 would be a break-out year for the Texans. Todd Grantham’s line would once again make a major contribution, helping the Texans achieve the 13th ranked run defense in the league. Despite the low number of sacks (5.5) , they put great pressure on opposing quarterbacks (76 recorded pressures) and helped anchor the defense that was equipped with playmakers such as 2004 1st round draft pick Dunta Robinson, former Ravens Linebacker Jamie Sharper, and Veteran Defensive Backs Aaron Glenn and Marcus Coleman. Despite posting a mediocre 7-9 record, the Texans were poised to start making an impact in the NFL after improving every season since their inception in 2002.

After three strong seasons with the Texans, Todd Grantham would accept an offer by Romeo Crennel to become Defensive Coordinator of the Browns. After he left, the Houston Texans would fall apart as they posted a 2-14 record. Dom Capers was fired after the end of the season.

[edit] Cleveland Browns (2005-2007)
Todd Grantham’s first year as coordinator of the Browns defense was a mix of good and bad.

They once again fielded one of the NFL’s top pass defenses, actually stepping up in rank from 5th to 4th in the NFL. When starting cornerback Gary Baxter went down with a knee injury that ended his season, Leigh Bodden emerged as a solid playmaker. Overall, their secondary continued to play at a high level.

They also ranked 11th in scoring defense despite possessing one of the leagues worst run defenses. Orpheus Roye would post a career high with 88 tackles and also make 3 sacks.

He was fired on January 11, 2008 after the 2007 season with the Brown’s defense ranking 25th against the pass, 27th against the run, and 30th in total-yards-against among 32 teams.

[edit] Dallas Cowboys (2008-2009)
Grantham served as the defensive line coach for the Dallas Cowboys until the end of the season when he joined the coaching staff at the University of Georgia as defensive coordinator. During Grantham’s 2 seasons with Dallas, the Cowboys improved from 13th (2007) to 2nd (2009) in the league in points allowed.[2]

[edit] Georgia Bulldogs (2010-present)
Grantham has said that he will install a 3-4 style defense next year instead of Georgia’s current defensive style of a 4-3.

I am not concern with the defense because they are in good hands with coach Todd Grantham. His track record speaks for itself. Throughout his coaching history he had only one let down(in Cleveland) but I’m not concern with that because one let down doesn’t define who you are as a coach overall. I’m more concern with the playcalling on offense than I am with the defense. This team is good enough to go undefeated and I believe they will until they meet the Tides in Atlanta.

Football Guru

August 6th, 2010
3:21 pm

The 3-4 is a totally different scheme than Ramsey. Look for Georgia to play a lot of squat cov 2 and cov 1 man to man (where they will bring 5 defenders from different angles). J. Houston will have alot of great opportunities. Georgia has the speed at corner and size at safety. Watch this defense shine. Where the defense is somewhat weak is against a standard TE set, where this defense basically becomes a 50 front. with two split LBers. Look for alot of teams to use TE trips, Bunch sets, and try to isolate one on one coverage on the weak side. Two TEs and a single back is also tought is also tough for a 3-4. Georgia needs to be able to stop the run, then we can worry about blitzing.

How2coach

August 6th, 2010
3:26 pm

Minnesota burned the 3-4 Dallas defense of Todd Grantham
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and Wade Phillips.

TrueDawg

August 6th, 2010
3:29 pm

One of the changes I hope to see under Grantham, is the ability to adapt his game plan to what the opponent’s offense is doing and how his defense is playing. In his latter years, it didn’t seem like Willie Martinez had much of a game plan going into a game. However, when he did, and the offense made adjustments, he stuck with the same game plan.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

August 6th, 2010
3:30 pm

Either way, there is about to be football plated on Sat afternoons!! Rambleon84, thanks for being classy. Both sides could use more like you, good luck to GT as well…..until

Preston

August 6th, 2010
3:39 pm

Whatever the defense looks like, it’s gotta be better than what we’ve had the past few years. Can’t wait to see some Junkyard Dawg defense again!

Tenuta

August 6th, 2010
3:48 pm

Yea, that’ll work!

CO-STARRING LEE VAN CLEEF AS THE BAD

August 6th, 2010
3:50 pm

I would think that if Tech is better than us they would have heard of a run blitz. Hey Kam Fong, what’s up with Wo Fat?

Preston

August 6th, 2010
3:52 pm

Wo Fat must be dealt with for raping Lang Fu.

DIT

August 6th, 2010
4:01 pm

Are you kidding me? I just want to see the defensive scheme in which we are actually tackling people and running through those tackles. The past two years it looked as if no one taught the players how to tackle. Just line up and smack someone in the mouth!
Hey, anything will be better than willie. However, though athletic, we do not have the personal yet to run this defense. I’m excited, but nervous about SC & ArK this year. Get by them and I’ll breath easier! Just get rids of all the arm tackling and run through those tackles!! GO DAWGS!

Evansdawg

August 6th, 2010
4:16 pm

You are right. The defense seems to be the much more in need of work than the QB. THe QB is one guy surrounded by a buch of experienced playmakers. The entire Defense has GOT to gel.

CO-STARRING LEE VAN CLEEF AS THE BAD

August 6th, 2010
4:39 pm

The man with no name and I will deal with Wo Fat. He is reported to be in Hu Nang.

SAMMY DAVIS, JR

August 6th, 2010
4:40 pm

ONE THING YOU MUST THINK ABOUT: In a 4-3 Defense you have 4 linemen & 3 linebackers, correct? In the 3-4 you have 3 linemen & 4 linebackers, correct? Either way you still end up with 3 linebackers so this does not hurt the Defensive backs at all. The advantage is you know the 3 linemen are there –you just don’t know where that 4th one is coming from (he’ll be the one blitzing).

Ted Striker

August 6th, 2010
4:49 pm

Very good column Bill,

In the first year, I see Grantham really trying to mix up the 3-4 with nickle and various zone coverages, as well as stacking the line when need be. Why? Because he doesn’t have the exact personnel he wants. Blitzing has and always will be a high risk/high reward scheme.

p.s. Great reach back into the vault to discuss the Kevin Ramsey debacle. Donnan might have lasted another 2 years — which I wouldn’t have objected to — if he hadn’t hired KR.

Chazzo

August 6th, 2010
5:13 pm

Of course, the ideal would be to get to Garcia before he can throw up a jump ball. And, a jump ball can sometimes turn into a wounded quail. If an offense has to be blitz wary, there is a system of risk and reward for them at play, as well. If your D-scheme is to give them five yards a play, it’s a no brainer.

NCAA strikes again

August 6th, 2010
5:23 pm

Not flaming but in unrelated news UT is expecting a letter of inquiry from the NCAA regarding an alleged 5 major recruiting violations with “lack of institutional control” regarding hostessgate, etc. Lane Kiffin did more damage in 1 year than he ever could have imagined. Even a Bama fan like myself feels bad for the vols having been under the NCAA thumb ourselves. This set of allegations rivals the near death penalty sanctions that we received in the early 2000s.

run the ball

August 6th, 2010
5:28 pm

We have a very good secondary. I think Lakatos is the real deal. I also think that we were so poorly coached for so long it will cost us one or two early games this year. You can’t reverse years of bad technique in 6 months. It’s a damn shame too, because Boykin and Smith can really go.

Richt has 4 years to win the SEC. We are all hoping that CTG is the real deal, because if he is not, Richt is gonna be gone in 4 years. If he is, we will have an SEC title in the next 4. Write it down.

TallyDawg

August 6th, 2010
5:28 pm

It will be SO funny to watch him get crucified over this at USC. I’m betting he will get them the death penalty before it’s over.

ugag is irrelevant

August 6th, 2010
5:30 pm

blitzing is a drinking game, right?

run the ball

August 6th, 2010
5:32 pm

Thank you Football Guru. That was right on time. Everyone should read that. I like getting after the QB but if we can’t stop the run it doesn’t matter.

Tide Rising

August 6th, 2010
5:56 pm

Dawgs have that critical piece in Justin Houston to run a 3-4 with a good linebacker that can play standing up or hands down. At least that’s what I hear is that Houston is a future NFL caliber linebacker.

What I have noticed though at Bama since we run the 3-4 is that like us Georgia will also employ a lot of nickel and dime packages. The problem we’ve had is that its a little more complicated throwing in nickel and dime sets and at least once a game there’s a breakdown that gets us nailed with a long td pass-Texas, Tenn on a short route, etc.

The first season our players looked lost sometimes and there were definite breakdowns all season long. Even in the 2008 seccg we had players in the front 7 lining up in the wrong gap sometimes. Going to take at least half a season before the d plays full speed on every play with the confidence of knowing they’re in the right place at the right time. And not just coverages but lining up over the right gap on every play.

Tide Rising

August 6th, 2010
6:02 pm

TallyDawg,

The expected NCAA letter of inquiry to UT apparently focuses on the 1 year of Kiffin so you can bet your azz that the NCAA is going to have him under a microscope at USC. There is no question that in the years he is going to be at USC that something is going to happen. Rightly or wrongly the NCAA goes after people with some personal animus in mind and this guy has given them plenty of loud talk and fodder to go after him.

guy m.

August 6th, 2010
6:19 pm

Does it really matter if it’s a 3-4 or a 4-3? What is the difference or advantage of 3-4? Someone please explain this for me. Thanks

Vick=Dog killing Thug

August 6th, 2010
6:29 pm

with only a couple of exceptions this is a very good thread. Lot of good info about UGA and intelligent football talk.

Of course the exceptions are from the IGNORANT Tech fans. What a bunch of idiots

We run this state.

RambleOn84

August 6th, 2010
6:48 pm

guy m,
As I and some others have said, the advantage of a 3-4 is deception. You usually blitz at least one linebacker on every play. If, for instance, you blitz one linebacker, you still have seven men in coverage like in a 4-3; but the difference the extra rusher can come from anywhere, confusing the O-linemen and quarterback.

A good DC takes advantage of the confusion and switches up coverages and blitzes often.

UGA fans shouldn’t worry about blitzing too much; they should worry if their DC will be creative and intelligent enough to mix it up well.

I hope it is very effective for y’all in every game but one.

Pantero

August 6th, 2010
7:06 pm

Have two linebackers blitz on every play. When they get close to the QB, they throw a bottle of booze and some red panties in his face to distract him.

Call it the Damon Evans Blitz #1.

Delbert D.

August 6th, 2010
7:13 pm

“if you blitz Mallet he will make a lot of mistakes or get sacked.”

30 TDs, 7 INTs in 2009. 152.5 Passing Efficiency Rating

Taco

August 6th, 2010
7:18 pm

@ Georgia Mark, Richt coaches his players down :}

RambleOn84

August 6th, 2010
7:21 pm

I am a arm chair coach….can’t you tell?

Tide Roll

August 6th, 2010
7:36 pm

Hey Here’s a novel approach: control the line of scrimmage by keeping Carolina’s offense ( and florida’s for that matter) off the field. To do that, however, you would have to start: STURDIVANT, GLENN, BURNETTE, ANDERSON AND DAVIS and that ain’t gonna happen and we know why don’t we.

Dawg Stephen

August 6th, 2010
9:29 pm

IF YOU DO NOT LIKE THE LENGTH OF MY POSTS…. ASK BILL KING TO ALLOW ME TO LINK TO MY BLOG… HE HAS ME BLOCKED…..

While there is no doubt who everyone considers to be the best running back duo in the country, I would like to mention 2 guys who are flying under the radar, who arent too bad themselves. The guys at Alabama are considered the best, and for good reason. There’s a heisman winner there and the other guy plain showed out in the BCS Nation Championship game himself.

Look over there in Athens, GA. Poor Poor Coach Richt. All he has is Washaun Ealey and Caleb King. They are ok, but a super duo? Surely not. As our good friend Corso would say. “NOT SO FAST MY FRIEND”. These 2 guys at Georgia arent too bad. Matter of fact, they arent average. They arent even just good. They are REALLY good.

Ask GA TECH. Ask Texas A&M. At the end of the year, these guys had it ROLLING. Now look inside the numbers. Kinda makes ya think a little. Remember those guys at Alabama? The Heisman winner gained 6.1 yards per carry last year. Richardson gained 5.2 per carry.

What about King and Ealey? Ealey gained 5.7 per carry. Caleb King? only 5.2 per carry. They racked up over 300 yards in the Tech game. No, I havent forgotten, and Im not tired of saying it either.

I am not making light of the Heisman winner or his counterpart, who both played for and won a National Championship. I however, do believe that the boys from UGA should get a little more respect. On 2nd thought, nevermind, after the 2010 season, they will have proven on the field what we all knew. They ain’t bad, not at all. GO DAWGS

dawgstephen…. follow me on twitter as well

Rod

August 6th, 2010
9:33 pm

So we should not have recruited Branden Smith and Brandon Boykin???? Oh my goodness.

NCin2012

August 6th, 2010
10:23 pm

hey TIDE ROLL. we get the point, you think that the only way to win a national championship is to cut all of the white kids off the team. No reason to have a potential first round draft pick in boling because he is white, right. I think you are one of the most ignorant people I have ever seen. Obviously its about putting the best players on the field, not just the african american ones.

PLEASE DO US ALL A FAVOR AND STOP TELLING ME THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

guym

August 6th, 2010
10:24 pm

RambleOn84,
Thanks for your 3-4 defense explanation.UGA better have the right horses in place is all I can say!

NO LINDSEY SCOTT,NO 1980 TITLE MUTTS

August 6th, 2010
10:27 pm

MUTT FANS ARE NOTHING BUT TALK TALK TALK TALK TALK TALK TALK TALK TALK TALK TALK TALK TALK TALK! WHAT DOES GEORGIA TECH,FLORIDA,LSU,TENN,ALABAMA,FSU AND MIAMI HAVE IN COMMON THAT UGAG DOES’NT? THE CRYSTAL BALL TROPHY IN THEIR TROPHY CASE! SAINT SIMONS WHERE YOU AT? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

NO LINDSEY SCOTT,NO 1980 TITLE MUTTS

August 6th, 2010
10:29 pm

ITS HIGH TIME THE MUTTS PUT UP OR SHUT-UP! PLEASE

HOUDAWG

August 7th, 2010
12:38 am

To Tech is better …… you simply exposed your ( that’s YOUR ) complete ignorance ….. punk .

Tide duo vs dawgs duo

August 7th, 2010
1:05 am

Dawg Stephen,

The difference between the Tide duo of Ingram and Richardson and the Georgia duo is that they deliver in huge games against big time defenses. Both Ingram and Richardson had huge games against Florida which entered the seccg with the nation’s top defense. The Bama duo both rushed for over 100 yds and each scored 2 tds against Texas which entered the bcs title game ranked #1 in rushing defense and I believe 3rd in overall defense. They also combined for over 2500 yards rushing and scored more tds than I can remember. The Georgia duo combined for 1400+ yds rushing and dramatically fewer tds. Trent Richardson had 12 tds Ealey had 3 and I don’t know what Ingram had but I guarantee he had probably had triple the number of tds that King had. And while we just looked at the bama duos rushing stats against teams like Florida and Texas who did the dawg duo run their stats up against? Texas A&M had one of the worst rush defenses in the country. GT isn’t exactly a defensive juggernaut either. What did they do against the dawgs biggest rivals like Florida and UT? Nothing. 2500 yds rushing vs 1400 yds rushing and probably 30 or more tds vs probably 8 or 10 tds for the 2 dawgs tailbacks tells you all you need to know. The dawg duo is the poor man’s version of the tide duo. They are in no way, shape, or form comparable to Ingram or Richardson.

12-2

August 7th, 2010
1:46 am

88 the IQ of a blithering idiot. Bill King, sir, EVERY Defense will FORCE Aaron Murray to beat them with his arm while they BLITZ him EVERY down. Does anyone really think every defense will not ?

Not Blitzing carries big risk for The Dawgs, sitting back there waiting for every offense to dictate to us whatever they want to dictate.

12-2

August 7th, 2010
3:35 am

The Alabama Offensive Coordinator is very good. The Georgia Offensive Coordinator is not. And, Caleb King is a fake.

tennessee tom

August 7th, 2010
5:28 am

jawgas corners can’t cover the 6′4″ receivers that they will see in the sec,and your qb will be running for his life,maybe need to switch your qb to cb,he is about the same size.long yr for the Gramblin all stars,these guys are all show and no go,your guy can’t throw when he is on his ass

AltamahaDawg

August 7th, 2010
7:38 am

I guess Buck didn’t know what BuLLdawg says….”this is the best defense we have had in 3 decades”. 3 decades.

BTW, I am one that doesn’t think Murray will get blitzed every down, for some of the reasons just pointed out about the dangers of us doing it too much. I think he will see 8 men in his face and tight coverage on the outside.

Hilarious

August 7th, 2010
8:31 am

Nesbitt is working on his passing. 6′4″ Stephen Hill will eat your midget cornerbacks’ lunch in November.

todd grantham=kevin ramsey....NOT

August 7th, 2010
8:35 am

give me a break.

kevin ramsey was hired by jim quincy donnan to help him win the recruiting battle vs tennessee. kevin ramsey had no experience….and tried to install the press with joe kyne’s bend but dont break personnell. jim quincy donnan went through defensive coordinators like paper towels….use it, throw it away, get another one.

todd grantham has developed NFL talent. so there is no comparison….at least from the onset.
as for the fears of being burned with the blitz…

I’d rather see our defense get beat by being over agressive than to see us sit back and get picked apart. I want our defense to play like men rather than cover and tackle like a sorority flag football team.

Gatorbait 17-3

August 7th, 2010
8:38 am

Let Spurrier see what the UGA defense has trouble with the first game even though
the opponent is over matched and he chew it up and spit it out. Sorry, but the dawgs
start 1-1 and will have to fight for their life the next week against Arkansas. A 1-2 start
will send Richt to the hot seat and emeregency calls will go out to KS.

NO LINDSEY SCOTT,NO 1980 TITLE MUTTS

August 7th, 2010
9:19 am

WHATS THOSE FOOTSTEPS? THE GEORGIA ALUM RUNNING TO KIRBY SMART AND WILL MUSCHAMP,ONCE UGAG LOOSE TO USC AND ARK! MARK RICHT WILL BE GONE THIS YEAR IF UGAG LOSES 3 OR MORE GAMES?

Chazzo

August 7th, 2010
9:21 am

It is true that an aggressive D will give up a big play now and then. Under Willie, the D consistently gave up big plays every game. As “Rising Tide” pointed out, Bama has had a couple of blown coverages, but they also generate a lot of turnovers and get the ball back for the O. I was not a huge BVG fan largely because a couple of games were blown by an overly aggressive player. On the other hand, several were won, and he could always get the ball back. As far as Garcia throwing jump balls to counteract the blitz, Lakatos has the corners jamming receivers at the line and playing physical. When they are up for the jump, perhaps one of our safeties could present them with a nice second thought about doing it again. Point is, I get the feeling Grantham has the ability to adjust to some of those plays that find a wrinkle unlike Willie who seemed to watch it happen over and over and over and over and over and over. UGA is not going to be a top ten D in the country this season, but it will be better than last year. With ten returning starters on O, that may be all we need.

LakeHardingDawg

August 7th, 2010
9:57 am

I don’t really see a problem with the 3-4, or 4-3 defenses. The key to winning football games is to pound the ball for 35-40 minutes and win the game. It’s as simple as that. If we control the ball for 30 minutes, or less, we probably lose. Ball control is the key to keeping the defense off the field. If we do that, when the defense gets on the field, they will be fresh and ready to play.

run the ball

August 7th, 2010
9:58 am

What if the dawgs go 3-0??? What if we go into Tenn. unndefeated??? Why not?? It’s not like SC and Ark have a better teams than we do. What if Grantham is the real deal and we blow out SC?? Why not?? It’s not like they can’t get blown out by us, we have better players. Why are people on this blog so negative? We honestly have a chance to play for the SEC title this year. The three most important games on the schedule are SC, Tenn, and Fla. Sorry Dawg fans it’s really not Tech because they have no impact on the SEC. If we win those three games we are playing for basically the BCS title: we all know the winner of the SEC plays for the BCS title.

RICHT, WIN 3 GAMES THIS YEAR: SOUTH CAROLINA, TENNESSEE, AND FLORIDA. WE WILL THEN PLAY FOR THE SEC. It’s really that simple.

Chazzo

August 7th, 2010
10:13 am

Run the ball,
Why are people on the blog so negative? Because the past couple of seasons they’ve had their unrealistic expectations dashed. Their were many reasons for the debacles, namely injuries to multiple key players (ni my humble opinion). I am happy to see that many erring on the side of caution. Hype is worthless. Talking the talk is for January ‘11.

Chazzo

August 7th, 2010
10:14 am

geesh. There were many reasons….

Chazzo

August 7th, 2010
10:20 am

Why is the 3-4 apparently so dang hard to implement that it will take two years? I understand that there may be some personnel issues. I also understand that the OLBs/DEs have a lot to learn, but that is one position. It can’t be all that hard to learn. They’ve been working on it for six months. It may not be optimal in the first season, but it’s not going to be like everyone on the D will lack the ability to dress themselves because they have a couple of new assignments. These guys are solid athletes. Give me a break.

Hulu

August 7th, 2010
10:20 am

Now that we’re in the off-season, wouldn’t this be the perfect time to take an in-depth look at UGA and have a serious discussion about the problems at UGA and why the arrest rate of players is the highest in the country? it’s common knowledge that UGA is a party school, but have any football players every actually graduated with a real degree? Jan Kemp exposed the school and the coaches almost three decades ago, but there is no sign that anything has improved; if anything, the arrest rate shows that things are getting more outrageous every year while the clueless Mark Richt has absolutely no control over his players. And then there is the infamous “red panties” incident that will haunt UGA for decades.

UGA has a lot bigger problem than hiring a new AD.

UGA has become a major embarrassment to all Georgians, and we all want some answers starting now.

Hey Tideroll

August 7th, 2010
10:23 am

We know why “STURDIVANT, GLENN, BURNETTE, ANDERSON AND DAVIS” won’t start? I’ll have to guess on this one….

Because Clint Boling is All-conference and will be a starter. Oh, and don’t forget about Ben Jones at Center.

I generally enjoy your comments as they are usually highly intelligent, but this one was a little bit off. I can understand that you haven’t studied Georgia’s depth chart, and neither should you since you have a life, but the line will be excellent.

Granny

August 7th, 2010
10:25 am

Why are people on this blog so negative?

Because it’s hard to support a team made up of illiterate felons and morons who aren’t legitimate college students. Add in 47 arrests and the red panties, and there isn’t much to be proud of at the #1 party school.

There is a reason UGA is known far and wide as The Cesspool of the South.

Hey Hulu

August 7th, 2010
10:27 am

Football players everywhere get bogus degrees. The same is seen at Tech as well. Grow up. There is more to life than trolling blogs. You’re the real embarrassment. Ask RambleOn- Real Tech fans like trolls just as much as Dawg fans. Given the fact you’re probably thick headed and socially inept, unable to perceive when someone is criticizing you, I will say simply that you are obnoxious and that your arguments are irrelevant.

Hey Hulu, I mean Granny

August 7th, 2010
10:28 am

When one person makes multiple posts under different names, its quite obvious. Again, GROW UP.

LakeHardingDawg

August 7th, 2010
10:31 am

We can’t have a serious football discussion here because of idiots like Hulu and Granny. They would’nt know a football if it hit them in the head.

Hey Tide Duo

August 7th, 2010
10:37 am

Ealey and King garnished only about 1200 yards between the two because they both missed significant parts of the season. Ealey only started playing in the 7th game. King missed about 3-4 games outright and played 2 more with a broken jaw. Richardson and Ingram stayed healthy all season with a senior laden line, unlike the Dawgs. Georgia’s line did not gel together towards the end of the season.

Hey Tide Duo

August 7th, 2010
10:37 am

GARNERED, not garnished. I feel stupid for that one.

Chazzo

August 7th, 2010
10:55 am

No Lindsey Scott, No title?

Your ignorant title discredits everything you say. a) The fact is that Lindsey Scott did score that TD and beat UF once again. There is no taking it back or changing it. There was no fluke… just crappy D and fast legs. b) Arguably, UGA still could have pulled out the victory even if Lindsey hadn’t made that incredible run that was so joyous to watch and so wonderful to think that it still affects you on some subconscious level or you wouldn’t have it in your title to begin with. Lindsey Scott, Lindsey Scott, Lindsey Scott… that call haunts the minds of Gator fans who weren’t even born yet when he made the run. Life is good just being able to cherish that one. If UGA loses to UF every year for the rest of my life, I will still have that glorious memory of Lindsey sticking to the Gators, the way the entire Gator nation just folded after that. I don’t think there was a more exciting run and VICTORY in the history of college football.

c) Great teams come up with great plays at crucial times and never give up; that team was one of those immortal icons of the best of college football. There is nothing that you could say or think that will ever change that. It’s done.

d) All talk is hollow and worthless until January 2011. Got it? Everything remains to be seen. And, even if you are absolutely correct about this season, there is nothing that you can ever do about Lindsey’s glorious run after catch and the way he ran a sword right through your lousy hearts.

good day.

King Gator

August 7th, 2010
11:07 am

Chaz- Don’t worry we’ve recovered and then some from Lindsey’s run. Too bad for you that’s all of you got to hold on to as a Dawg fan. The 3 NC’s more than make up for that 1 loss and the 17-3 record v. the pups over the past 2 decades makes it even sweeter. See you in Jax for your annual whooping! Then onto the Florida Dome for the SEC Championship game. Go Gators!
Regards, King Gator

BirdDog

August 7th, 2010
11:09 am

Yeh, what Chazzo said! Go Dawgs!!

Scott W.

August 7th, 2010
11:14 am

“There is a reason UGA is known far and wide as The Cesspool of the South.”

If by far and wide you mean all the way from North Av to 10th.

Chazzo

August 7th, 2010
11:25 am

King Gator,
If what you say is so, then why are you chumps showing up here to try and diminish the greatest play in NCAA history?

I did love that 44-0 UGA victory, and the 28-3 victory my sophomore year when you guys just could not stop the run. FUN FUN FUN. then there was David Green’s big day. That was fun as well. I think the fact that you eked out a win against Tereshinski says a lot. That celebration was fun and worth the 70 yards of penalties. Richt crawled so far up into Meyers’ addled brain that he wrote about it in his premature biography. It was so funny watching Meyer try to get his players to dance on the sidelines that even the arse whipping we got the next year didn’t make up for it.

But, all of that considered, even Spurrier hanging 50 on the Dawgs did nothing to erase Lindsey Scott. UF has never had a victory so delicious, so precise, so cutting, so extremely and thoroughly crushing!! It is ours for eternity. BTW, UF got a huge order of shoes from Nike with only one shoe in the box. This completely baffled the team until they realized they had to wear them on the other foot.

Delbert D.

August 7th, 2010
11:31 am

Best tailback tandem in SEC?:

Stats based on 2009 regular season SEC games
Stats from each school’s web site

Ealey______85/366/1-TD___4.3 ypc 61.0 ypg__Most yards AU 98 yds
King_______57/235/3-TD___4.1 ypc 39.2 ypg__Most yards UK 77 yds

Ingram_____166/1030/7-TD_6.2 ypc__115.4 ypg_Most yds SC 246 yds.
Richardson__77/287/2-TD__3.7 ypc__35.9 ypg__Most yds N/A

Other info for 2009:

Samuel____85/366/1-TD__4.3 ypc___43.8 ypg_Most yds ARK 104 yds

Individual fumbles/lost not available for Alabama
Each Georgia TB listed: 1/1 fumbles/lost

Beast from the East

August 7th, 2010
11:42 am

Chazzo,
Glad that the lucky (not fluke) play to Lindsey has defined your whole life. I call it luckt becasue the UF DB fell down and Lindsey was the fastest player on the field. No one as going to catch him. And we all know that Buck was such a talenetd passer that he was going to drive them right down the fiedl if the DB had not fallen down, right? LOL
Listen, UGA won that gane fair and square. Dominated the series back then, as well. Those days are over in case you haven’t noticed and apparently you haven’t. Do you go around and talk smack to the Germans and the Japanese about WWII, as well? Why not? That’s ancient history, too!

Beast from the East

August 7th, 2010
11:44 am

Delbert,
By those numbers, it looks like Samuel was the best RB at UGA last year. If I’m not mistaken, he also did it against better competition.

Chazzo

August 7th, 2010
11:57 am

Beast,
There is no football play, game, player, moment that defines my life.

But, a defining moment in the UGA/UF series is most definitely Lindsey’s big play. It doesn’t matter what you think about this players talent or who said what or what if, blah, blah, blah… That play was the best moment, the most precise blow in the history of the series.

I am not the one bringing it up as having anything to do with this season. You Gator jerks (and I maintain that not all of you are jerks) are the ones who are doing that. I am simply defending the play and that 1980 team that has you guys all twisted up 30 years after the fact.

This season is all that matters. Talkin’ time is after the fact.

Chazzo

August 7th, 2010
12:02 pm

Delbert and Beast,
Ingram and Richardson are undeniably the best tandem in the business. Not much to argue about last year’s stats. That as the Beastard would point out is history. I will say that Samuels had some log runs. Stats on all three are a little misleading do to the fact that they all played partial seasons. Oh my gosh, I just remembered that Ealey was a true Freshman last year.

Beast from the East

August 7th, 2010
12:10 pm

Chazzo,
Opinions vary. I’d say the defining monemt in the series was when Spurrier hung half a hundred on the doags between the hedges. That had never been done before. Never been done since. That, my friend, is something that defines the series in it’s current state. Not something Lindsey did 30 years ago. The tide has turned and your time is up!
By the way, I’d much rather be thought of as a “jerk” or a “Beasterd” than a loser that has to resort to name-calling like a cowardly child.

Chazzo

August 7th, 2010
12:24 pm

Okay Beast,
That 50 hurts… ouch. Thing was is was against Ray Goff (I like Ray, but not a big challenge for Steve). Therefore, it doesn’t really trump Lindsey. The first thing you have to realize is that my responses were directed specifically at a poster whose title is “No Lindsey Scott No 1980 Title Mutts.” Clearly my comments did something to get you all twisted up, too. This tells me that Belue to Scott has had a serious affect on you, my friend.

Now, I find it very interesting that you try to rebut my argument by saying it is ancient history then in the next post bring up an vent that is also historical. You call me out for name-calling then call me a cowardly child. HMM?

I basically think anyone who talks smack on another teams blog is a jerk. If a Dawg fan goes to a UF thread and does nothing to add to the conversation except try to talk smack, he or she is a jerk in my book also. So no whining, fella. You waded out here to pee in the tall grass. Perhaps you shoulda stayed in the swamp.

LOL

August 7th, 2010
12:27 pm

Delbert, not one person here said that Georgia’s running backs were better, but that they simply were pretty good. It is ironic how some Alabama fans are so touchy and so insecure when it comes to comparison. Nevermind the fact that your line has all been sent off to the NFL this year, your running backs will be very good if not great. On the other hand, you’re still probably so delusional that you think that Alabama is the only team with actual running backs in the SEC.

The fact you researched those stats says it all. Get a life.

Chazzo

August 7th, 2010
12:32 pm

Dang, I just wanted to talk about blitzing and the 3-4 D.

Beast from the East

August 7th, 2010
1:00 pm

Chazzo,
You are correct. That is an old wound that has healed….but we still bear the scar.
Anyway, good luck this season. I’ve got to go get my mullet trimmed and cut the legs off of some more jeans to get ready for the upcoming season! LMAO!!!!!!
Go Gatuh!

ugaclassof2004

August 7th, 2010
1:18 pm

Well I think are many different types of defenses. There are the truly dominant kind like the 85 Bears, 2000 Baltimore Ravens, or 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers that can shut a team down. Those kind of defenses are VERY rare because they are able to carry an entire time.

Then you have a team like the Saints last year, that aren’t really that great on defense, but they’re able to generate a ton of turnover OR they’re able to tighten up in the redzone. It kind seems to me that many NFL defenses nowadays are kind of built with this model in mind. Because in the NFL the rules favor the offense so much that they are going to put up decent numbers, even on a bad day. I think the Falcons are building their defense in this manner ,giving up tons of yardage but relying on their speedy LB’s and DB’s to make plays for them. They are going to be the type of team that has a kick a$$ offense with a ton of depth and a functional defense that generates turnovers.

And then you have defenses that aren’t really that good but they can play well when they have a lead. UGA in 2007 was like this. They weren’t a good defense, but when the offense was clicking they would step their game up and make plays(i.e. the Florida Game).

As for UGA this year, I think the only way they are going to be truly successful is to play a field position game. Conservative plays on offense, Great play from their special teams, and functional play from their defense which hopefully can generate turnovers from time to time. They are just not the kind of team that is going to average 35 points a game on offense or hold opponents to under 10 points a game on defense. They just don’t have that capability on a weekly basis.And they can’t get into situations where one side of the ball has to carry the team for the ENTIRE game. If that happens, this team is going to be in trouble. They are going to have to play smart fundamental blue collar football with a scaled down version of the playbook until guys are comfortable with the basics.

Chazzo

August 7th, 2010
2:53 pm

No Lindsey,
You accuse of TALK TALK TALK TALK. But you make multiple posts on every thread of this blog. You the gum flapper here. Run along.

Delbert D.

August 7th, 2010
3:31 pm

@LOL – “Delbert, not one person here said that Georgia’s running backs were better, but that they simply were pretty good. It is ironic how some Alabama fans are so touchy and so insecure when it comes to comparison. Nevermind the fact that your line has all been sent off to the NFL this year, your running backs will be very good if not great. On the other hand, you’re still probably so delusional that you think that Alabama is the only team with actual running backs in the SEC.”

“The fact you researched those stats says it all. Get a life.”

I actually have a life, but I do spend some time researching. On one of the blogs last evening an argument was going ablaze between an Alabama fan due to another fan’s statement that Georgia had the best OL in the country, the best pair of running backs, etc. When I see stuff like that, I attempt to present actual information for the subject of the posts. Knowing that the blog visitors read most of the blogs, I thought that this was the most appropriate blog for the subject at the time.

I watched all of the Georgia games that were televised in 2009, so I am aware of what transpired with Samuel, King and the emergence of Ealey. I am a college football fan. I have not ever specifically been an Alabama fan. My daughter went to Auburn, and the rest of my relatives who attended college (except for my son, who graduated from Emory) graduated from the University of Georgia.